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China Introduces Tall Wood Building Code

On February 21st, 2017 China’s Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MOHURD) issued “Technical standard for multi-storey and high-rise timber buildings (GB/T51226 – 2017)”. In line with a global push towards taller wood… more

Japan Economy, Housing & Lumber Shipments

Japan Economic Update
Japan’s economy grew by 1% in 2016, posting 4 straight quarters of positive gains. This compares with a 1.2% GDP rise in 2015. The gain was primarily because of increased external demand for exports. Aided by a… more

Canada’s Tall Wood-Mass Timber Introduced to Korea

On December 20th, the Korea Forest Research Institute (KFRI) held a ‘Seminar with Experts on Canadian Tall Wood-Mass Timber’ with the goal of improving domestic technological strengths and to encourage mutual co-operation among experts… more

South Korean Economy, Housing & Lumber Shipments

Economy Update
South Korea’s exports rose 11.2% on-year to US$40.3 billion in January, 2017, extending its winning streak to 3 months in a row, while imports plunged 19.7% to US$37.5 billion posting a 60 month straight month of trade… more

71 Million Visitor’s Hotel Stays in Japan

The Japan Tourism Agency reported the estimated number of hotel stays by visitors to Japan hit 70.88 million in March, 2017.  This represents an 8 percent increase from the previous period and a new record for overseas travelers hanging… more

A Man’s Castle is his 2×4 Home

“A man’s home is his castle” is an old English cliché, but when I recently went to visit a 2×4 house that’s been newly built in Ibaraki Prefecture, in the northern Kanto region of Japan, this saying clearly became true…. more

China Economy, Construction & Lumber Shipments

January economic highlights (China): 

China’s economy situation was generally positive in 2016 thanks to a growth in consumers spending and a property market rebound.
GDP grew 6.8% year-on-year during Q42016, which is slightly more… more

MAFF Seeks More Internationalized JAS Standards

The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) is planning on submitting a JAS law amendment bill to the regular National Diet session currently taking place.  The JAS law, stipulating how the Japanese Agricultural Standards… more

CLT JAS Standard Revision Work Commences

Almost 3 years have passed since the first Japanese CLT standard JAS 3079 was established in December 2013.  Most JAS standards are usually revised every 5 years, however MAFF* started its revision work in January of this year.  COFI… more

Doggy’s Island Resort & Villa Expanding

Doggy’s Island Resort & Villa is rapidly expanding. A new concept resort hotel recently built in Japan, on the outskirts of Eastern Tokyo that caters to canine clients and their owners is doing extremely well. The property currently… more

Yamamura Receives Well Deserved Recognition

Yamamura Co., Ltd., receives “Certificate of Appreciation & Recognition” for its “Leadership in Innovation and Support in the Commercial Development of Large Scale Two by Four Non-Residential Construction in Japan. Representing… more

24 Million Visitors to Japan in 2016

In January 2017, the Japanese government reported a record number of visitors to Japan from overseas, with just over 24 million tourists spending about 3.75 trillion yen in the country in 2016. These are both all-time highs for the Land of… more

Elderly Care Market Segment Remains Strong

The Japan 2×4 Home Builder Association reports another record-tying month for nursing home projects. In the month of December 2016, four 2×4 elderly care project applications (fireproof building applications) were received by the… more

Japan Economy, Housing Starts & Lumber Shipments

Japan Economic Update
Japan’s economy continues to soldier on with modest growth. The IMF forecasts GDP growth of 0.8% for 2016. Despite some bright spots in infrastructure investment, construction and tourism, corporate and consumer… more